West Seattle, Washington
Toplines from this month’s Alki Community Council meeting, covered by WSB’s Patrick Sand:
NOISE ENFORCEMENT: So now that the city ordinance has changed, what’s the plan? An ACC subcommittee is talking with police about that. Southwest Precinct Operations Lt. Steve Strand said traffic and patrol officers had gone through training related to the change, including what a 75-foot distance looks like. How many citations have been issued so far? He didn’t have any numbers. Meantime, the community subcommittee hopes to be able to gather data to quantify the problem, maybe with the help of the entrepreneurs who have long been talking with the ACC about their new technology addressing this issue.
(Alki Statue of Liberty Plaza, WSB file photo)
The fundraising campaign for the plaza’s creation still has a legacy of $65,000 in the bank for maintenance. The ACC plans to talk with the Southwest Seattle Historical Society about partnering for the plaza’s future; the next agreement would have to be drawn up before January.
KUDOS: This was the first ACC meeting since thousands of people swarmed Alki on August 11th for Sub Pop Records’ 30th-anniversary megaparty SPF30. The music company had been sending reps to ACC and other community meetings for months. Verdict: It all went very well.
The Alki Community Council meets on second Thursdays most months, 7 pm at Alki UCC (6115 SW Hinds).
The photo and report are from Nick:
My blue trike wagon and 2 portable generators were stolen from my home. The generators were locked to my travel trailer that was parked in my driveway and the locks were cut very crudely and my GF and I think that they must have taken the trike and carried the generators away on it. I’m including a picture of the bike so that if anyone sees the bike, they can let me know.
The police report # is 2018-353404.
As promised, WSDOT has reopened *part* of northbound Highway 99. It’s now open from the stadium zone northward, which will be extra-busy tomorrow because of the Seahawks game. But NB 99 remains closed between there and the West Seattle Bridge, so if you’re outbound headed off-peninsula, you’re going to have to use an alternate route. That section is scheduled to remain closed until early Monday but as usual, we’ll be checking, and will publish an update if it reopens earlier than scheduled. P.S. WSDOT explains here what this closure is about.
Now that fall is here (as of 6:54 pm) – it’s time to think about ways to stay warm. The West Seattle Quilters‘ first-ever showcase, this afternoon at the Senior Center/Sisson Building, was inspiration for that contemplation – as well as an occasion for admiration of the quilters’ skills.
The 40+ quilts on display spanned a variety of quilting styles and techniques, as well as quilters from kids to seniors.
The West Seattle Quilters welcome you to join them at their meetings, 7 pm on first and third Mondays at the Senior Center (4217 SW Oregon).
Group members not only work on their own projects but also collaborate on community-service quilts, made from donated fabric, given to people in need. Every year they also make a quilt that’s raffled off to benefit the Senior Center (they sold more tickets at today’s show, and the raffle will be at the Senior Center during Rainbow Bingo next Friday).
The ship that called at West Seattle’s Terminal 5 to pick up hundreds of pieces of U.S. Army equipment has left for South Korea. Thanks to Andrw for the tip; the vehicle carrier MV Green Cove left last night. While its destination information on MarineTraffic.com had displayed as simply “Far East” earlier in the day, it was listed a day earlier as bound for Busan, second-most-populous city in South Korea. The Port of Seattle had circulated advance word of the shipment plan earlier this month, and cargo like this caught eyes in the T-5 vicinity:
Thanks to Richard for that photo from last Saturday. The port said the shipments were being handled by its interim T-5 tenant Foss.
Thanks to Lynda for the tip. The Jefferson Square storefront vacated by AAA a year and a half ago (4734 42nd SW) has a new tenant – signage says math-tutoring center Mathnasium is “coming soon.” The chain was founded in Southern California more than 15 years ago, according to its website, which says there are more than 900 franchisee- and company-owned centers in the U.S. and several other countries.
“Spring cleaning” is what you hear about most often – but tomorrow’s Recycle Roundup at Fauntleroy Church brings you an opportunity to start fall with some cleaning too. 9 am-3 pm on Sunday, the church parking lot (9140 California SW) welcomes you to drop off items for 1 Green Planet to recycle. The list of what will and won’t be accepted is here. No charge, though the church accepts donations if you want to help support the twice-yearly Recycle Roundups. Rain or shine!
Another round of congratulations for West Seattle 7-year-old Colton Fukano, after the Washington State BMX Championships earlier this month. The photo and report are from Colton’s proud mom Shawnda Fukano:
Colton Fukano earned 1st place in the state for the 7-year-old expert division. In August, Colton won his 30th race, which moved him up from “intermediate” to the “expert” class. Colton rides for Sonic BMX, which practices at the North Seatac BMX track, and is sponsored by Sprocketts Recycled Bicycles in Magnolia. Colton is in second grade at Genesee Hill Elementary.
If anyone is interested in trying out BMX, check out Peninsula Indoor BMX in Port Orchard. They have new rider clinics and free loaner bikes and helmets. Colton and his dad take the ferry there to practice in the winter when the outdoor tracks are too muddy.
Shawnda first told us about Colton’s achievements two years ago, when his first trip to the state championships
One more high-school-football score to mention: The Chief Sealth International High School Seahawks won their second consecutive game last night. Coming off their Huling Bowl victory a week earlier, Sealth defeated Cleveland at Memorial Stadium downtown, 34-6. Next week, CSIHS plays their homecoming game vs. Ballard at Southwest Athletic Complex (2801 SW Thistle), 5 pm Friday (September 28th).
We start the Saturday list with a traffic alert:
NB HIGHWAY 99 CLOSURE: Northbound 99 is closed between the West Seattle Bridge and Battery St. Tunnel right now. As explained in detail here, part of 99 – from the stadium zone northward – will reopen “by [Saturday] evening” but the rest is scheduled to remain closed until early Monday. As usual, we will publish an update if it reopens early.
Now, here’s what’s happening in our area on this summer-to-fall-transition day/night (the autumn-equinox moment is at 6:54 pm):
KEEPING FAMILIES OUT OF COURT AND OUT OF CONFLICT: Free family-law workshop, 10 am-noon; details and registration here. (3909 California SW)
SEAVIEW UMC CENTENNIAL: 11 am service, followed by special lunch with entertainment, celebrating 100 years for Seaview United Methodist Church. All current and past members are welcome at the celebration. (4620 SW Graham)
DOG DAYS OF SUMMER, THE FINALE: Last session of the Arbor Heights Swim and Tennis Club‘s annual Dog Days of Summer. The pool has closed for the season otherwise – no more human swimming until next year – but before its annual cleaning, it’s open as a fundraiser. 11 am-1 pm. (11003 31st SW)
MARRA FARM FALL FEST: Noon-3 pm, the farm in nearby South Park welcomes you: “Come on by for food, kids’ activities, music, and a cider press. Bring a potluck item to share if you can.” (9026 4th Ave. S.)
And there’s still time to buy $1 raffle tickets for the quilt (photo above, provided by WS Quilters) that’s raising $ for the Senior Center, as seen during Summer Fest. (4217 SW Oregon)
COMMUNITY CONVERSATION WITH YOUR SCHOOL BOARD REP: 3-5 pm, Leslie Harris – West Seattle/South Park rep on the Seattle Public Schools Board as well as its president – will be at Southwest Library to talk with anyone who shows up. Drop in when you can. (9010 35th SW)
MICHAEL BROWNE @ KENYON HALL: 7:30 pm, historic Kenyon Hall presents “a performer who’s been called a street-smart archivist and an absolute treasure.” Ticket info is in our calendar listing. (7904 35th SW)
SEE WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING! Our complete calendar is always available.